ROME — Pope Francis left Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Wednesday and returned to the Vatican, 10 days after he underwent colon surgical procedure.
The pope had colon surgical procedure on July 4 for what the Vatican mentioned was a scheduled operation, and the surprising announcement that he had been hospitalized alarmed many due to the seriousness of the surgical procedure and the Vatican’s historical past of obfuscation on the well being situations of pontiffs.
The pope sat within the entrance seat of a Ford Focus because it arrived exterior the Vatican partitions, the place he greeted the police and military troopers who hold watch, earlier than getting again into the automotive. The Vatican didn’t instantly remark about his departure from the hospital. He then entered the Vatican, the place he obtained a salute from the Vatican gendarmerie.
Francis acquired out and in of the automotive with seen issue, however nonetheless stood on his personal as he greeted the police and smiled.
It was the primary time that Francis, 84, has confronted a major well being situation throughout his eight-year papacy. Other than recurrent episodes of sciatica, a nerve situation that causes again, hip and leg ache, and the odd chilly, the pope has hardly ever missed scheduled occasions.
Each day medical updates by the Vatican communications workplace have been quick on element, describing the pope’s post-surgery convalescence as being regular. On Tuesday, Mr. Bruni mentioned in a press release that Francis was “persevering with his deliberate therapy and rehabilitation, which is able to permit him to return to the Vatican as quickly as potential.”
Francis made a public look on Sunday, when he led the Angelus prayer and blessing from the balcony of his suite on the tenth flooring of a Rome hospital. The Vatican Information web site, a Vatican-controlled media portal, posted photos of the pope throughout his convalescence, whereas he was nonetheless utilizing a wheelchair.
Vatican consultants wonder if pope’s well being issues will gradual him down or speed up dialogue on points that he has requested his church to contemplate — about married monks, the position of girls within the church, the embrace of homosexual Catholics and Communion for the divorced and remarried.
The Italian information media reported that Francis had scheduled the surgical procedure for the start of July as a result of his schedule was mild then. The weekly audiences he holds with the devoted on Wednesdays have been suspended, and he has no main appointments scheduled.
Jason Horowitz contributed reporting.